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NEW RELEASES: It could be another battle for #1 as week to date sales suggest Wiz Khalifa and the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol.1 soundtrack will both land in the 70-80k range. You'll also note the addition of another Various Artists contender, Big Machine's Mötley Crüe Nashville salute. Here are this week's key debuts, with a glass of Jack to accompany the hard-partying releases.

Wiz Khalifa (Atlantic) 70-80k
Chase Rice (Dack Janiels/Thirty Tigers/Sony Nashville) 37-40k
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe (Big Machine) 28-31k
Ace Frehley (eOne) 17-20k
Smokey Robinson (Verve) 9-11k
Imogen Heap (RCA) 8-10k
Colton Dixon (Sparrow) 8-10k

As for singles, Taylor Swift's ultra-Pop track "Shake It Off," appears headed to the 425-450k range in its opening week. The first single from her previous album, Red, opened with 623k in August 2012. Oh, and in honor of Ace Frehley's new record we'll be working in our Space Ace makeup. (8/20a)

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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